Unquestionably one of the most iconic of Ireland’s treasures, the Book of Kells dates back to around 800 AD. One of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world, the Book of Kells is a stunning example of the almost dead art of illustrating books with beautiful painted designs. Across 680 painstakingly designed and painted pages, the Book of Kells contains the 4 New Testament Gospels along with a few different stories and fables.
Displayed to the public at Dublin’s famous Trinity College since the 19th century, the Book of Kells is a must see for anyone interested in discovering a bit of Irish history during their stay. The Kells exhibit at Trinity shows off pages from two of the book’s volumes at a time, changing out which pages are displayed over time to give visitors a chance to see some different sections of the iconic text.
Definitely worth a visit for anyone staying in Dublin city, the Book of Kells also includes entry to Trinity’s famous Long Room, containing 200,000 ancient books, along with an exhibition showing off some of the history behind the book. With the best rates guaranteed when you book online and 5 budget hotels around the city, there’s no better choice than Travelodge Hotels Ireland when you visit Dublin.
Exploring history at the Book of Kells
The origin of the Book of Kells is something of a mystery. While the book was almost definitely made around the 8th or 9th century, it’s not clear where the piece was created (the book was stored in the Abbey of Kells for centuries, hence the name), although the Celtic-styled knots across the book suggest an Irish origin. It’s clear that the book comes from the same kind of tradition that inspired early Irish art, like the kind you’ll find in ancient sites like Bru na Boinne.
The Book of Kells is one of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions, with over half a million visiting every year. You can visit 7 days a week, with the exhibit open between 9:30 AM and 5 PM from Monday to Saturday, while Sunday opening times varying based on season: from May to September the exhibit is open from 9:30 to 4:30, but only between 12 PM and 4:30 between October and April.
Whether you’re interested in the historic or artistic side of the Book of Kells, we definitely recommend a visit to anyone staying with us in Dublin.
Budget Dublin Hotels near the Book of Kells
Travelodge runs 5 cheap hotels in Dublin at locations spread around the whole city. With the Book of Kells exhibit found just a short distance from the city centre of Dublin, we definitely recommend a stay in our Travelodge Stephens Green Hotel, but you can find our hotels practically everywhere, located as follows:
Travelodge Stephens Green Hotel – 0.8 Km from The Book of Kells
Travelodge Rathmines Hotel – 2.5 Km from The Book of Kells
Travelodge Airport South Hotel – 6.3 Km from The Book of Kells
Travelodge Phoenix Park Hotel – 8.6 Km from The Book of Kells
Travelodge Airport North Swords Hotel – 12.8 Km from The Book of Kells
No matter which of our budget Dublin hotels you choose, you can be sure of a great night’s rest. Our comfortable rooms all come equipped with comfy beds, free Wi-Fi connections, en suite bathrooms and flatscreen TVs so that you can take it easy, while we save you money with the best rates guaranteed direct through our website.
Suggested Local Dublin Attractions
As the capital of Ireland, Dublin has a huge range of incredible attractions, no matter what you want to see. We’d definitely recommend a look around some of the best Dublin history attractions if you enjoyed the Book of Kells, from great Dublin museums to more child focused attractions for anyone taking the family to Dublin.
There’s far too much around Dublin for us to be able to recommend everything. We’ve suggested a few of the varied attractions here, but over on our Dublin Top 10 Attractions page you’ll find a full list of suggestions for your stay with us.
Housing more than 400 animals over 28 hectares, Dublin Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and plays a significant role in the conservation of many of the planet’s most endangered species. Just three miles from our Dublin Phoenix Park Hotel, Dublin Zoo is open daily from 9.30am. Amongst the must see inhabitants of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates at Dublin Zoo are tigers, rare monkeys and gorillas.
National Botanic Gardens
Located just 5km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens feature an impressive array of more than 20,000 plants and dried plant specimens. Founded way back in 1795, the serene and colourful gardens are free for all the family to enjoy and an ideal place to relax and go for a stroll whilst admiring the array of plant collections.
Located at St James’s Gate Brewery, Guinness Storehouse tells the story of the distinctive Irish dry stout enjoyed the world over right back to the early twentieth century when Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd started production of one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports. There’s even the Gravity Bar on the top floor to savour a pint of the black stuff which is included in the admission fee!